Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Family Favourite Tiramisu

My Family Loves This Tiramisu Recipe

I first came across Tiramisu while traveling in Italy. I had never heard of it before. Back in the late 1980's my husband and I were four months in to our twelve month around the world (with a backpack) adventure and were spending a week with relatives at a pension in the Dolomites doing a bit of skiing. At the end of the meal one evening our host brought out a chocolatey, custardy looking mess in a bowl. After the first mouthful I was hooked and between her broken English, and my husbands dodgy translation of German, I managed to jot down a recipe in my travel diary. This has become a regular at any family gathering and I am always asked to bring it when other family members are hosting an occasion. Is this the best dessert you've ever had?

This gorgeous photo of tiramisu is used under a creative commons licence from Peter Alfred Hess

Tiramisu Recipe

Our Favourite Recipe

Tiramisu is a lot like a trifle. It is a layered dessert of custard and coffee soaked sponge fingers sprinkled liberally with grated chocolate. The traditional recipe uses brandy but I love to use Kahlua.
  • Serves: 6 - 8
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  • 3 eggs separated
  • 3 tablespoons castor sugar
  • 250g mascarpone
  • About 12 Savoiardi (sponge finger) biscuits or as many as needed to layer the bottom of your serving dish twice.
  • 150ml strong coffee
  • 4 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 125g dark chocolate, grated


  1. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar
  2. Fold in the mascarpone a tablespoon at a time.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the egg yolk mixture.
  4. Arrange a layer of the sponge fingers in a dish
  5. Mix the coffee and Kahlua together and with a pastry brush, brush half of it over the fingers. Alternatively, dip the sponge fingers into the coffee mixture one at a time until covered.
  6. Cover them with half the mascarpone mixture, then sprinkle over half the grated chocolate.
  7. Repeat with a second layer, finishing with the grated chocolate.
  8. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.
Image used under a creative commons licence from klipsch_soundman

Anchor Hocking Presence Trifle Bowl

Tiramisu Looks Beautiful In Glass

This decadent dessert looks sensational in a beautiful glass serving bowl. If you can get a square or rectangular dish this works best but any shape works well.

A Trifle Bowl is Perfect to Present Tiramisu

Bormioli Rocco Jerba Dessert Bowls, Set of 6

Dish Your Tiramisu Up In Style

A celebration dish deserves celebration serving ware and these stunning dishes will certainly give your tiramisu a sense of occasion.

Tiramisu Tutorial

This version uses zabaglione and cream
Tiramisu Recipe
by MeganEMills

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1 comment:

Ruth Cox aka abitosunshine said...

Tiramisu is a favorite of mine too but I am better off having someone else make it for me.

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